With the generous assistance from the Department of Education  (DoE), the Aberbaldie Foundation, AYO and private benefactors, NECOM is able to offer bursary and/or scholarship support to students who wish to pursue their musical studies to a high level.

Instrumental or vocal students enrolled in NECOM programs or with Music Educator Members of NECOM are eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary. Information and application forms for a bursary and/or scholarship are sent to all NECOM teachers and Music Educator Member teachers each year to distribute to their students.


  • Aberbaldie Foundation Bursary (instrumental bursary) for financial year 2017-2018 *Closing Date for 1st round applications 4pm Friday 23 June 2017
  • NECOM & DoE Bursary (instrumental/vocal) for 2017
  • Choral Bursary for 2017
  • Armidale Youth Orchestra bursary for AYO ensembles 2017

NECOM bursaries provide financial assistance to parents to pay for NECOM program fees or to pay lesson fees from their private instrumental/vocal teacher who is a Music Educator Member. Bursaries are for the calendar year except for an Aberbaldie Bursary that is for the financial year. Bursaries are assessed on each individual application (strictly confidential) made by parents or the student and must include documentation of proof of income, without which the application is ineligible.

NECOM & NSW Dept of Education Scholarships (instrumental or vocal)

DoE scholarships provide substantial extension opportunities for gifted and talented musicians who demonstrate advanced achievement, commitment and potential. Scholarship activities may include invaluable training opportunities such as masterclasses and workshops with visiting guest musicians and teachers, free tickets to concerts, or discounts on instrument hire.  The Information and application forms for a scholarship are sent to all NECOM teachers and Music Educator Member teachers each year. Parents are advised to discuss this with their child's teacher before making an application. 

Applications for the 2017 DoE Scholarships are due 4pm Friday 23 June 2017. Forms are available from your NECOM teacher or Music Educator Member. Please read through the Scholarship Information before making an application.

NECOM Instrument Loans for Scholarship Students

To further assist talented string scholarship students achieve their potential, NECOM offers a limited Instrument Loan program of professional standard instruments. These instruments have been bequeathed or donated to NECOM, or are on permanent loan.  Valued at over $155,000 the collection includes violins, violas, cellos and bows. String students who have been awarded a DoE/NECOM scholarship are also eligible to apply for a loan and are requested to read through the information and complete an application form below.

Armidale Youth Orchestra Bursaries & Scholarships

The Armidale Youth Orchestra Association provides bursaries or scholarships to assist with the payment of AYO ensemble fees for the calendar year. Please contact the AYO for information and application forms for 2017.

Please view downloads below for information and application forms. 

Government Associates